Submitted by John Jackson, Grand Knight. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Council 12401. Several years ago, Brother Marcel Vaillancourt had an inspiration. From his 10 X 10 storage shed converted into a small workshop, he took it upon himself to start building wooden crucifixes to be donated to Our Lady of the Miraculous medal yearly First Communion recipients. His view was that for many of these children, this cross might very well be the only cross their home will ever see or have. Marcel made this endeavor of faith a ministry of his for several years. Over the years Marcel [...]
Submitted by SK Hikmat Michel DandanJesus The King Council Sir Knight Hikmat Dandan Christian Refugee Relief Director Holy Land and Persecuted Christians Ontario State Council / Knights of Columbus To our very dear Ontario State Director, Sir Knight Hikmat Dandan, and all the sponsors, Councils, the Knights of Columbus members and their Ladies We, at The Melkite Catholic Patriarchate School, would like to thank you for your generous donations that has helped our Christian students greatly over the years. Your donations have allowed our Christian students to keep getting the best education possible in a Christian school in the Holy Land. [...]
Submitted by Dan PergolesiFr. Paul J.F. WattsonFr. Paul J.F. Wattson Council 8919 holds an Annual Holiday Dinner in early December; and there is a long-standing tradition to invite every widow of a deceased member of our Council, to enjoy a complimentary dinner. With Windsor implementing tightened restrictions and having moved into the Grey Zone (or Lockdown), this year this dinner would be cancelled. Nevertheless, in keeping with Fr. Michael J. McGivney’s vision, the Council elected to purchase Poinsettia’s and present them to the widows we were still in touch with. A team of Brothers organized a call list, used to reached [...]
Submitted by Denis La Salle, Executive Secretary Ontario State Council Wheelchairs for Paraguay. On November 6, 2020 State Deputy David Peters and State Global wheelchair Chairman Francisco Naar were in Toronto to view the loading of a sea container filled with wheelchairs for needy persons as well as emergency equipment for Paraguay. This was made possible by the generosity of Ontario State member Councils. We thank all those that participated and made this possible.
Submitted by Ray Francoeur DGK St. Helen of the Cross Council 15999 Coats for Kids distribution. On Thursday December 3rd 2020, K of C Council 15999 St. Helen of the Cross, presented Community Care West Niagara (CCWN) with 48 New Winter Coats. The coats were donated through the Knights of Columbus (K of C), Coats for Kids Program. CCWN was able to order specific sizes and styles to suit the demographic of children in need of a coat. This partnership fulfills the K of C virtue of charity and provides CCWN with the needed coats which they distribute within the local [...]
Submitted by Ray Francoeur DGK St. Helen of the Cross Council 15999. Food Drive. Recently, our Council was involved in a food drive back in September 2020 for the Beamsville Food Drive in association with the Beamsville Lions, the drive was very successful as we collected over 32,000 pounds of food to be distributed to the local communities in our area. In the picture facing the camera is our District Deputy Br. Mario Durand and other brothers who are in the background offloading and sorting the food in boxes.
Submitted by John Smeenk Fr. Ladislaus Council 7744 Council 7744 in Blenheim have increased our participation in the Coats for Kids program this winter. Aside from our gaming fund raising efforts, we have reached out to the community for sponsorship. With COVID 19 affecting the income of so many people in Chatham Kent, we have witnessed the gratitude these coats have generated. Pictured is our Council Brother Joe Kormendy presenting a box of coats to the CK Womens Centre on Dec 6th, 2020.
Submitted by Paul O'Neill Msgr. Paul J. Meyer Msgr Paul J Meyer Council 4916, Cambridge distributed Coats for Kids to a number of community organizations on December 8/20. Coats were distributed to Langs Community Outreach, Food 4 Kids, several Schools and St Vincent de Paul Society. Council 4916 distributed 12 cases of coats in total and GK Schmalz was well received.
Submitted by SK Hikmat Michel DandanJesus The King CouncilCHRISTMAS is the right time to put your HOLY LAND RESOLUTION and FAITH into ACTION. So during the Pandemic, Leave No Christian Refugee Behind. In the 113th Knights of Columbus Ontario State Convention in 2016, I submitted the Holy Land Resolution which was passed with a unanimous vote. The summary is that: as the Holy Land is where our Lord Savior Jesus Christ was born, preached, crucified and rose from the dead and also where the Apostles walked and preached, therefore Ontario State Council encourages all Knights of Columbus councils to annually support [...]
Submitted by Ed DizazzoSaint Daniel'sIn late summer our Council fired up our BBQ grills and, adhering to all safety precautions, served up a no contact, takeaway BBQ chicken meal to an appreciative (and hungry community). Thanks to the many masked Brothers who helped out, we enjoyed a sold-out success. This allowed us to replenish our dwindling coffers, and in keeping with the Leave No Neighbour Behind philosophy, we were able to donate two boxes of Coats for Kids to the North Dundas Christmas Fund. In addition, one more box went to a local women's shelter and another to a local elementary [...]